Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (233)

Tom Neville


233. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the old age contributory pension file of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed. [24486/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Since late September 2018, my Department has been examining the social insurance records of approximately 90,000 pensioners, born on or after 1 September 1946, who have a reduced rate State pension contributory entitlement based on post Budget 2012 rate-bands.  These payments are being reviewed under a new Total Contributions Approach (TCA)  pension calculation which includes provision for HomeCaring periods.

The person concerned has 1,071 reckonable paid contributions which when combined with 27 HomeCaring periods and 146 reckonable credits results in a payment rate of 59.81% of the maximum rate pension.  As the person is already in receipt of 85% the maximum rate of pension, it is more financially beneficial for them to remain on their existing payment. 

A review outcome letter has issued informing the person concerned that their existing rate of payment will continue unchanged.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.